Portrayals of Islamic teachings in mass media, often present Muslim women as victims of patriarchal norms. Often covered in a full veil, and without individuality, they tend to be depicted using a monochrome image, across Muslim countries and regions. It does not portray the social reality and expectations of Muslim women, which are in fact diverse and contextual. This book consists of articles that attempt to answer the question, are Muslim women merely passive objects in constructing their role, despite the spread of social media and the Internet, the increased demands of earning disposable income for their families, and their migration to non-Muslim countries around the world?
It closely examines women’s agency in negotiating their role in Muslim-majority societies and in new places of settlement (Australia). These articles analyse Muslim women’s narratives in a wide range of economic, political, social and cultural milieu and their relationship to identity construction and portrayal in the new millennium. This volume was originally published as a special issue of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.
Introduction: Narratives of Muslim Womanhood and Women’s Agency Minako Sakaia and Samina Yasmeenb
1. Performing Muslim Womanhood: Muslim Business Women Moderating Islamic Practices in Contemporary Indonesia Minako Sakai and Amelia Fauzia
2. Pakistan, Muslim Womanhood and Social Jihad: Narratives of Umm Abd Muneeb Samina Yasmeen
3. The Malaysian Islamization Phenomenon: The Underlying Dynamics and Their Impact on Muslim Women Bob Olivier
4. Negotiating Modernity: Women Workers, Islam and Urban Trajectory in Indonesia Nicolaas Warouw
5. Traditional, Islamic and National Law in the Experience of Indonesian Muslim Women Bernard Adeney-Risakotta
6. Between Texts and Contexts: Contemporary Muslim Gender Roles Shamim Samani